The EFF has proposed a solution to the…

The EFF has proposed a solution to the file-sharing problem: have file sharers pay a monthly fee, say $5, in exchange for the right to share freely. The money would be divvied up among artists according to popularity by a collections body similar to ASCAP. Here‘s the EFF’s white paper on the subject. It looks like we’ll have to be patient, though. The EFF suggests giving the music industry “a few more quarters of lackluster sales” to come around to the idea before proposing legislation to Congress for compulsory licensing. So keep file sharing and/or keep boycotting RIAA.

Microsoft is pushing its own email Caller ID…

Microsoft is pushing its own email Caller ID system. The idea is to prevent email address forgery, and hence reduce spam, by verifying that an SMTP server that is trying to send email for a domain (like plasticboy.com) has permission from the domain owner to send email for that domain. Currently, anyone can send email claiming to be from any domain. Microsoft’s system is very similar to Sender Policy Framework, which has been submitted to the IETF as an Internet-Draft.

A Conversation with Nir Barzilai longevity researcher If…

A Conversation with Nir Barzilai, longevity researcher.

If you have this genetic characteristic, your chance of getting from age 70 to 100 increases by over threefold. Among the 70-year-old control group we studied, 8 percent have this mutation. Among the 100-year-olds, 25 to 30 percent of them have it. We will have to look at other parts of this gene to see if there are more mutations. There are other genes that also control H.D.L. and the sizes of lipoproteins, and we’re looking for them. The gene that we discovered only explains 18 percent of the longevity. But it is possible that if everyone has the effect of this gene they will get to be 100. We want to explain 100 percent of the reasons for exceptional longevity. So we are looking at other genes. A very few of the oldest people we’ve studied actually do not have large lipoproteins and do not have any mutations that we’ve discovered so far.